BIG IDEA: GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES
AIM: The aim of the ‘Confident that God Keeps His Promises’ Childrens Lesson on Exodus is to help children to see that God always keeps His promises. He is faithful and trustworthy and we can put our confidence in Him.
1.Ring Toss. Use plastic rings or bangles to throw over bottles – see how many the kids can ring.
2. Circle around with a String – Players sit in a circle. Before the game begins, a ring is threaded by the string and the string is tied together at the ends. The players hold this loop of string. Player 1, who is in the middle, must guess who is holding the ring. The players in the circle slide the ring between them, covered by their hands so that player 1 can’t find it.
3. Flip Flop Flick. See who you can flick their flip flop the furthest (Moses took off his shoes as he was on holy ground)
4. Pink Elephant. Try this fun Minute to Win It game. Choose a couple of contestants to go up against one another.
SET the Scene:
Read Exodus 3:1-10.
- ‘The Burning Bush’ – Saddleback version
- ‘The Burning Bush’ – Digital version
- ‘The Burning Bush’ – Pursue God Kids Version
- Have you ever kept a promise? Was it difficult to do?
- Do you like keeping promises? Why/why not?
- Have you ever broken a promise? How did you feel? How did the other person feel?
- Has anyone ever broken a promise to you? How did that make you feel?
- Is God a good promise keeper? Why/why not?
- If you wanted someone to keep your promise, who would you ask?
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1. Confident that God Gives Great Promises
Promise Spotter Game. Scatter the promises around the floor. Can the children recognize a promise and the phonies? Use the promises on this picture, but also add your own phonies, here are some to get you started:
– God will make sure I never have a problem
– God will always give me what I want
– God will make sure everyone is nice to me
– God will make sure all my dreams come true
Say: God gave Moses a great promise. He promised Moses that He would use Moses to lead the people of Israel into a promised land – a land filled with plenty of food!
God’s promises are amazing and out of this world! We couldn’t dream them up even if we tried! Yet God’s promises aren’t always for the easy road, though He promises to be with us every step of the way. Sometimes it takes time for His promises to come through. Moses was given an incredible promise! Imagine, the people were all living in slavery, yet God promised that one day they would be living in plenty!
2. I Can Trust God to Keep His Promises
Kirsten: I can’t believe he broke his promise! He said he would always be there and now he’s moved out!
Mum: Kirsten, your dad loves you. He just had to go, things just haven’t been right for a long time.
Kirsten: Then why did he say he would never leave. He said he would never go. How can I trust anyone now?
Mum: You’ve always got me.
Kirsten: Yeah, until you disappear too!
Mum: I’m not going anywhere… and your dad’s still here, you’ll get to see him.
Kirsten: It’s just not the same.
Mum: You know Kirsten, we’re not perfect, but there is one person who is. He will never let you down. He’ll never leave you and He’s always there. He always keeps His promises.
Kirsten: I know mum, you’ve told me a thousand times! Jesus loves me and Jesus is there. But sometimes I just don’t feel it.
Mum: You don’t always have to feel something to know that it’s true. Just talk to him, you’ll be surprised!
Kirsten: You know what, I think I will. I mean… what harm could it do?
Use the clip by Aladdin – “Do you trust me?” – Aladdin could be trusted to carry Jasmine around on a carpet – but he actually lied to her.
Say: Everybody from time to time makes mistakes and lets us down. Yet Jesus will always do what he has promised. He is always true to his word. Numbers 23: 19 says “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? God doesn’t lie. What He says, He will do. We can trust him 100 percent because He is completely true to His word.
Moses had to have a massive amount of faith to believe that a bunch of slaves – thousands and thousands of them – would one day be in a land flowing with milk and honey. Moses had to trust that God would do as He had promised.
3. Confident that Jesus is the Promise Fulfiller
Use this talk to speak about how Jesus fulfilled the promise of God – only refer to the Moses story and how God spoke his promise to Moses but Jesus was the one who would free everyone that turned to him.
Jesus doesn’t just make a promise but he fulfills God’s promises. Just like the letter that is written to describe how a person, let’s call her Joanna, is coming to visit for lunch. The friend; Joanna, fulfills that promise when she turns up for lunch! Jesus fulfills all the promises that were talked about in the Old Testament.
SEARCH the Scriptures:
People that Believed God’s Promises and Did Great Things:
Noah // Abraham // Moses // Joshua // Daniel // Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego // Paul // Jesus // Peter // The Disciples // The list goes on and on…
Musical Islands. Put a name of each biblical person on a spot or piece of paper and lay it on the ground. Play music and when the music stops shout out how someone believed God’s promises and what great thing they did. The last person to get onto the spot is eliminated from the game. Watch out that you have enough space as they might get quite competitive in this game!
- How did each person believe God’s promise to them?
- Is it easy to believe God’s promises?
- Does God keep His promises? How do you know?
- How can you be a person that keeps their promises?
SENSE How You Feel:
Imagine that you were Moses and you saw a bush on fire that was not burning up.
1. Use the burning bush printable by coloring the trunk and branches in brown and sticking yellow, orange and red tissue paper picture over the top and around to make a burning bush picture.
2. Create a paper bag tree and turn it into a burning bush by adding lots of tissue paper.
3. Re-enact the scene in a skit. Ask your kids to re-enact the skit by taking turns at being Moses and acting the scene out.
4. Create a burning bush sun catcher. Simply print the template from Crafting the Word of God and follow their instructions.
– What is your favorite promise from all of God’s promises today? Write or draw a prayer to thank God that He makes that promise to you.